THE Knocks Community Hall is gearing up to host a wedding on Saturday 7 September.
This is one of the many events the community hall is set to host following a kitchen refit.
The work carried out on the hall was part funded by the Council with the shortfall being paid from community funds. All the works were carried out by local trades men Liam Maguire Plastering & Tiling, and James Boyle Electrical works.
The new kitchen is now capable of catering for everything from small gatherings to large parties.
Martin Carey referred to this as a “welcome boost” to the Knocks Community and one which will increase revenue and the overall sustainability. Mr Carey added that this also brings employment opportunities to the community members who will staff the new kitchen .
In addition to refitting the kitchen the Knocks Community have completed a new pathway to Loch Lea (Knocks Loch), which is connected to the Community premises by a 1000 metre running track. Mr Carey explained that this is Phase 1 of the project.
He explained that phase 2 will see a boarded walkway erected around the Loch, which is being supported and part funded by Energia and the Wind Farm Fund after having three environmental studies carried out full planning permission was granted.
Commenting on the project Mr Carey said the added facility will be a “hugh boost to the Knocks Community”.
There are also hopes to add fishing stands and canoe /paddle boarding stands to the Loch pathway structure.
“This pathway will open up outdoor spaces and invite people to engage in activities in a deprived area,” he pointed out.
Pushing the community to the fore is Mr Carey’s aim, “Standing still is not an option with more plans looking to the future,” he added.
The Knocks Community Centre was built in 1999 with funding from a variety of sources including an EU peace money programme